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years in the highest esteem of his countrymen. His death occurred in his

own home; but there were not wanting evidences (so says his son-in-law, the

historian Tacitus) that his taking off was the work of Domitianus, whose

ferocious jealousy could in no other way be quenched.

The feelings of Domitianus, respecting the fame of his brother Titus, were

exhibited in the erection of a rival arch commemorative of his alleged

triumph in the German war. To eclipse the glory of his father, Domitianus

erected in front of the temple built by Vespasianus a colossal statue of

himself, and the dedication was celebrated with a banquet of incredible

luxury and expense.

The worst traits of the reigning Caesar were now to be exhibited in a

career of violence and bloodshed. A rebellion, headed by Lucius Antonius

Satusninus, broke out among the legions of the Rhine; but the mutineers

were soon overpowered by Norbanus, another of the Emperor's generals,

though not until Domitianus himself had led out an army from Rome for the

suppression of the revolt. As soon as the mutiny was at an end he adopted

the policy of breaking up the armies of the frontier into small detachments

to the end that none might be sufficiently strong to rise in rebellion

against the reigning prince. He then began a career of proscription and

bloodshed directed against whoever was sufficiently prominent in the Empire

to excite his suspicion and distrust. In these proceedings was mixed an

element of disgusting religious superstition. Having no regard for his own

horrible vices, he undertook to reform the morals of the state. He

established an inquisition for the purpose of investigating alleged

irregularities on the part of the Vestal Virgins. Several